Longtime local resident George Golden has earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his work around Clark County.
Golden founded LINKS, a nonprofit that works to serve the local community. The organization supplies food by handing out boxes to community service organizations — such as schools, local law enforcement, veterans groups and churches — that in turn can give the food to people in need. LINKS also gives food to those who need assistance during an emergency or crisis, and connects people with ongoing needs to appropriate community organizations. The organization also donates perishable foods to day shelters, and serves active military members with food.
Golden also worked with Operation Homefront to provide school supplies and gifts to military kids.
He has lived in the Vancouver area since 1946, graduating from Hudson’s Bay High School in 1961 and Clark College in 1971. Golden’s family owned the American Music Co. at Main Street and East 10th Avenue for 40-plus years.